Nope, mo-cap and "performance capture" are not the same thing. WETA was using the latter. But never mind. Season premiere was really fantastic. I wonder if they're making the character of Crassus likable to soften the blow for the viewers when Spartacus and his fellow mutineers get obliterated in the end... The story of Spartacus is definitely not a "good shall prevail" kind of story.